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Last single-space coin parking meter in Portland removed

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Portland's last single-space, coin-operated parking meter was removed Thursday. Portland's last single-space, coin-operated parking meter was removed Thursday.
City workers used an electric saw to remove the meter and its post from a sidewalk on Southwest Pine Street. City workers used an electric saw to remove the meter and its post from a sidewalk on Southwest Pine Street.
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The last of the traditional single-space, coin-operated parking meters in Portland met its end Thursday.

City crews used an electric saw to cut the meter and its post away from the sidewalk on Southwest Pine Street as officials looked on.

Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick presented the retired meter to the Oregon Historical Society, which will add the machine to its collection.

When Portland's first meter was installed in 1938, it cost just 5 cents for an hour of parking.

Current parking rates vary by district, from $1.00 per hour in the Lloyd District to $2.00 per hour downtown.

Since 2002, the city has been replacing single-space meters with electronic pay stations that take credit and debit cards in addition to coins.

Each machine can also handle multiple parking spaces instead of just one.

City crews have spent the past year removing the last remaining 453 single-space meters.

Beginning in 2017, the city plans to expand its parking payment options to include paying via mobile devices and pay-by-plate technology, which eliminates the need for a receipt.

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